• The Royal Blues have won nine of their 15 Bundesliga games against Mainz (D3 L3), as well as five of the seven meetings at home (D1 L1).
  • However, the home side has won just one of the last nine competitive meetings between these two clubs. Three of those games have ended in draws, with the visitors victorious on five occasions.
  • Alongside Bayern, Schalke are the only other Bundesliga side yet to drop a point in 2014, winning all four of their games. The last time they won their first five games after the winter break was in 2001/02.
  • In the previous six seasons in which Schalke have had at least 40 points after 21 games (currently 40), they have gone on to finish in the top three.
  • Mainz have won four of their last five Bundesliga games, only losing in their most recent away trip (3-0 in Wolfsburg).
  • The only time FSV have had more points after 21 games than they do at the moment (33) was in 2010/11 (37). They ended that season in fifth and qualified for the Europa League.
  • Jens Keller's side have won all five of their Bundesliga home games since a 3-1 loss to Dortmund at the end of October. The last time they put a longer run together was between November 2009 and March 2010, when they won eight successive home games.
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored the winning goal in Schalke's 2-1 victory against Leverkusen, netting his fourth goal of the season in his sixth appearance. The Dutchman has needed just 14 shots for his four goals.
  • With nine goals scored by substitutes, Mainz share the top spot with Bayern in this regard. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is the most prolific player off the bench this season, having scored five times.
  • Kevin-Prince Boateng scored his first goal for Schalke in the meeting with Mainz earlier this season in what was his second Bundesliga appearance for the Royal Blues. It ensured a 1-0 win for the visitors.
  • Jens Keller's competitive debut as Schalke manager was a German Cup last-16 clash with Mainz in December 2012. FSV won the game 2-1 in the Veltins Arena.